Amber Wheat (Saranac Brewery)

Day 4 of July’s SARANAC BREWERY THEME WEEK.

Today’s Saranac beer is their Amber Wheat.  They call it a dunkelweizen, but Beer Advocate refers to it as a Dark Wheat Ale.  Either way, this amber-colored brew clocks it at a 4.8% ABV.

Wholesome, delicious and refreshing.  What more can you say about a beer brewed with generous amounts of American Wheat Malt.  In keeping with the tradition of Dunkel Weizen, we’ve used a sweet addition of Cara and roast malts to add to the interest.  Unfiltered so You’ll experience the beer as wheat beers are meant to be enjoyed.

Amber Wheat pours an amber/orange color with gold highlights.  The head is thick and off-white.  There are plenty of bubbles popping on the surface of this beer.

The smell is of malt with citrus and fruity notes noticeable.  I picked up lemon, apricot and strawberry scents.

The first thing I thought when tasting this beer was, “creamy”.  Amber Wheat is a creamy and smooth brew.  The malts are the dominant flavor (caramel malts), with an easy drinking wheat beer back-end.

Mouthfeel is medium to light, with a mild stickiness that isn’t distracting.  It goes down smooth and doesn’t dry out your mouth.

So far, this has been my favorite Saranac beer.  But like the others, Amber Wheat loses its flavor as it warms up.  Drink this one straight out of the fridge and better for it.

Overall:  6.5

As an AMERICAN DARK WHEAT ALE: 6.5 out of 10

FOR FANS OF: Schlafly NO. 15, Minnesota Town Hall APRICOT WHEAT, Deschutes BLACKWEISS

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